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Asset Declaration: Court Stops Move To Force INEC Chairman To Resign

The Garki Division of the FCT High Court on Tuesday barred the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigeria Police, and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) from arresting Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, as the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over alleged false asset declaration.

Justice Maryam Hassan threw out allegations levelled against Mr Mahmood, saying they were “fabricated.”

Wednesday’s injunction also prevents the State Security Service, the Nigeria Police and the Conduct Bureau (CCB) from investigating Mr Mahmood over his assets declaration. Allegations against the INEC Chairman stemmed from summons filed by Somadina Uzoamaka against Mr Mahmood and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF).

The claimant prayed the court to grant an injunction compelling the INEC Chairman to step down, pending investigation of allegations against him.

Mr Mahmood, however, presented a counterclaim which the court found worthy.

The INEC Chairman maintained that his assets declarations were validly done.

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